Wednesday, December 26, 2012

family traditions

My parents have lived in the same small town in Arkansas my entire life, and because of that fact we have some rich family traditions especially those that center around holidays. Looking at the same festive houses, going to the same Christmas tree lot, spending our Christmas Eves and Christmas Days in much the same way over my 25 years... and I wouldn't change a thing. 
My favorite family Christmas traditions include:
{1.} Christmas light viewing at the botanical gardens
{2.} Our church's Christmas Eve candlelight service
{3.} Guessing how many candy pieces were used to build the Gingerbread house at the Arlington Hotel
{4.} Picking out our favorite light display in the downtown park
{5.} Opening one present on Christmas Eve (the worst is when it is shoes and my dad wraps the shoes separately!!)

One of my new favorite things is including Tyler in our "Sweatt Family" ways!
What are some of your favorite family traditions?

**update: I am snowed in at my parents house in Arkansas (#mistlesnow #SnowpolalypseLIT), without power and without a way back to Nashville. Currently using the last of my mom's iPad power to rearrange blog posts for the next few days. It might be quiet around here tomorrow, but I'll be back on the air by Friday! Cheers! 


  1. Haha that is so funny that your dad wraps the shoes separately! Love the polka dot top layered with your girly puffy vest :)

    The Tiny Heart  

  2. Such a cute photo of you two! We have traditions every year too that I wouldn't ever want to change! I love that we do finger food for Christmas Eve and we have always opened our gifts on Christmas Eve... I know a lot of people do it Christmas day, but it is what I'm used to and I love it!

  3. ok how cute are you in this picture? so freaking cute.

  4. I love Christmas traditions!  They make the holidays so special :)  You have some wonderful traditions.


  5. You guys look so cute!  Good luck with your Snowpocolypse!!  Those can be fun but also very annoying!

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  6. I LOVE holiday traditions! And I cannot believe your dad wraps shoes separately, that is SO funny! Good luck with the snow storm!!


  7. We open one gift to on Christmas eve too

  8. I hope you had a great Christmas! I love family traditions :)


  9. Family traditions, though sometimes strange, are really the best aren't they? I always feel super cozy and love the random things we do, like hiking. You're snowed in?! Yikes, hope you make it back safely! Super cute picture of you and Ty, and looove your outfit as well!

    perfectly priya


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